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15 Top Places Not To Miss Out When Planning Kerala Tour Packages From Hyderabad

Posted On July 3, 2018 by Tours In India

15 Places Not To Miss in Kerala Tour Packages From Hyderabad

Though Hyderabad and Kerala are both in South India, the climate, culture, language, and conditions are pretty different. So if you’re in Hyderabad and are planning a Kerala tour , here are some useful things for you to know:

Getting There

Kerala has 3 major airports – Thiruvananthapuram in the south, Kochi somewhat in the middle, and Kozhikode, towards the north. Airlines like Spice Jet, Indigo, Go Air, Jet Airways, and Air India operate flights to these destinations from Hyderabad. You can also take a train up to Shoranur Junction (between Kozhikode and Kochi) and continue your journey, as there are numerous local trains in Kerala. If you’re the adventurous type and want a road trip, you can drive down via Bangalore.

Language

The local language is Malayalam, but most people can speak either Hindi or English, and some speak both; many also speak Tamil well.

Language

Food

Rice is the staple, though in the cities you can get all kinds of cuisines including north Indian. Italian and Chinese, and you’ll also find international fast-food chains like Subway, KFC, McDonald’s and Dominos. The local people are predominantly fish and meat eaters, so finding a pure-vegetarian restaurant can be problematic at times.

Climate

The climate is in the coastal regions is humid tropical, which means it is quite warm and humid, and rains a lot; away from the coasts, it is drier and hotter, but in general, it never gets as hot as North India or even Hyderabad in the summer. Summers also have light showers, so carrying an umbrella with you is a good idea.

Climate

Best 15 places to visit in Kerala

Kerala has a plethora of places to visit, in spite of it being a small state, and it’s difficult to pick the best, but if you’re looking at Kerala tour packages from Hyderabad, here are some places you must not leave out:

1. Alleppey

The most famous backwater destination in Kerala, Alleppey is a town that is criss-crossed by a network of canals, lagoons, lakes, and rivers, all flowing to their confluence with the Arabian Sea. This unique geographical feature has a rich bio-diversity, and you can espy rare and exotic aquatic creatures and birds. This town is called the Venice of the East as the waterways are the most common mode of transport, and you can see small boats tied to little private jetties in front of homes. Cruising lazily down the gently flowing water in Alleppey houseboats is the best way to experience this unique place – tuck into delectable local cuisine, relax with a book, request a private recital of the local dance forms, or allow the tension to melt away under the experienced hands of an Ayurvedic masseuse – yes, you can do all of this and more on board!

Places to visit in Alleppey

2. Kovalam

Situated in the southernmost district of Kerala, in the capital of Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam is a famed beach town. The sun kissed, golden sand, the gently swaying palm trees, and the pristine waters of the sea make it a beach lover’s paradise. You’ll find the town has got not just one, but three beaches; the Hawa Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Samudra Beach are the best places to visit in Kovalam. They are separated by rocks, but together, form a crescent shape, which stretches almost 17 Km. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, Samudra is your best bet; head to Hawa beach if you want to experience the fisher folks’ life – you’ll see them with their nets, heading out to sea, and bringing back the day’s catch.

3. Thekkady

Thekkady is the home of the famous Periyar National Park – a tiger reserve; it spreads over the districts of Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta, over 925 sqaure km, with 305 of it being the core area, and the National Park. There are tons of activities you can do – just make sure you enquire and book in advance. You can go for nature treks, night patrols, bamboo rafting and so on – exciting activities for thrill seeker. Without prior booking, you can go and take a boat safari in the river, and try to spot some of the wildlife – elephants, deer, bison, langurs – and a tiger if you’re extremely fortunate. An ancient temple in the middle of the sanctuary, which can only be reached after a long trek through the forest, should be on your list of places to visit in Thekkady.

Places to visit in Thekkady

4. Fort Kochi

Kochi, known as the The Queen of the Arabian Sea. There are many interesting places to visit in Kochi, but probably the most interesting place in this city. Everywhere in Kochi you can see the imprints left by ancient travelers and traders, and you can get glimpses of its colonial past; but the most picturesque place is Fort Kochi. It’s on a little island which you can reach by water taxi, and it is one place where you have numerous places of worship from many religions: there are ancient churches and temples, an old mosque, Jain temple, and an old synagogue as well. You don’t get this everywhere. There are quaint streets selling exotic curios, European style cafes and colorful local markets too. Be sure to visit Jew town, which was once a thriving colony of Jewish settlers.

5. Kumarakom

Kumarakom is another stunning backwater destination, which also includes a bird sanctuary spread over 14 acres, and mangroves that are home to several endangered and rare species of flora and fauna. You can enjoy a day and night cruise on a modern Kerala houseboat that looks like a traditional ‘Kettuvallom’ – complete with a thatched roof, from the outside. You can choose one with an upper deck so that you get a scintillating view of the verdant countryside, and the idyllic life along the backwaters. The houseboat cruise takes you through Kuttanad, where farming is done below sea level – not something you get to see every day.

Kumarakom tourism

6. Munnar

Situated in Idukki district, Munnar hill station is a paradise of rolling tea gardens, misty valleys, and gushing waterfalls. You’ll be transported into another world as you walk through aromatic spice gardens, or drive through the Eravikulam Wildlife sanctuary, trying to catch a glimpse of animals. Drive up to the Devikulam Lake, also called Lake Sita, and enjoy its pristine waters – which are good for fishing, if you’re interested. It’s a beautiful picnic spot too – what with the verdant hills and valleys around. It’s definitely one of the most scenic places to visit in Kerala.

7. Kasargode

Situated in the northernmost part of Kerala, Kasargode is famed for its beautiful coastline, backwaters, and its ancient fort at Bekal. It stands as a silent relic of the proud past of the rulers who fought valiantly to defend the kingdom from invaders. It’s pretty well-maintained, and a great spot to spend half a day with family – you can even have a picnic here. Valiyaparamba and Chandragiri are the picturesque backwater destinations in Kasargode, where you can enjoy the lush green landscape from the comfort of your houseboat. It’s also less crowded than other backwater destinations, so you can enjoy a peaceful holiday.

Kasargode

8. Wayanad

This hill station in the Malabar region is bordered by the lofty mountains of the Western Ghats, and offers scintillating views of the valleys below from several vantage points. It abounds with tea gardens and coffee plantations, as well as spice gardens; nature lovers will be enthralled by the undulating hills carpeted with green velvet – the variety of flora here is simply amazing. Trek to Soochippara to enjoy the gushing waterfalls and frolic in the cool, crystal waters. Animal lovers can head to the wildlife sanctuary at Muthanga – it’s not as vast as some of the others, but you can still catch glimpses of deer and elephant; the forest is also home to big cats like tiger and leopards. Wayanad is especially beautiful in the monsoon – that’s when the mist comes rolling in and hangs low all day long; a truly mesmerizing experience.

9. Kollam

If you’re planning Kerala Tour Packages from Hyderabad, don’t give Kollam a miss. This ancient port and trading hub is situated on the banks of Lake Ashtamudi, and here too, you find the network of lagoons and canals that make up the famed Kerala backwaters. Enjoy a blissful day and night on board your Kerala houseboat, and soak in the splendor of Nature. You can book your houseboat online so that you can get the exact type of houseboat you want. Kollam is the cashew center of Kerala, and the nuts are exported to several countries from here – don’t forget to buy them to take back home.

Kollam

10. Thenmala

This is the best ecotourism destination in Kerala. At an altitude of 1650 feet, this planned site spreads over several acres of dense, verdant forests. Medicinal honey is found here in abundance, and that’s what gives the place its name: ‘Then’ means honey in Malayalam.  The site is divided into different zones like Culture, Leisure, Adventure etc. Here one can visit the amphitheatre to soak in the art and culture of the state, interact with deer at the rehabilitation centre, go for a boat ride in the Shenduruney sanctuary, go trekking, rock climbing or river rafting, or simply immerse oneself in the pristine and blissful surroundings. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find them here.

11. Vagamon

This tiny hill station on the Kottayam – Idukki border is a natural paradise, replete with pine forests, rubber plantations, gently rolling hills of tea gardens, tortuous rivulets, lush meadows, and spectacular ravines. It’s not very crowded – so you can blissfully enjoy the pristine mountain air as you traverse through the series of hillocks. A trekker’s paradise, Vagamon has three hills – Thangal hill, Kurusimala, and Murugan hill – that provide an enchanting experience to the genuine nature lover.

Vagamon

12. Varkala

This quaint town in Thiruvananthapuram has singular geographical features – looming rocky cliffs above, and sandy beaches below that are not visible in the monsoons! To enjoy Varkala, you need to visit in the summer, or after the heavy rains are gone. This idyllic town has a Bohemian atmosphere to it, and you can find many stores selling curios, trinkets, clothes and footwear that are almost hippy. Yo0u’ll find several resorts and hotels on the cliffs, and they open onto a long walkway that stretches almost the entire length of the beach. The day’s fresh catch is often displayed, and you can select what tickles your taste buds.

13. Athirappally-Vazhachal

These are two waterfalls very close to each other in the district of Thrissur. Located about 1000 feet above sea level on the river Chalakudy, they mark the beginning of the Sholayar Range of the Western Ghats. They cascade down from a height of 80 feet, and can get a bit dangerous during the monsoons – the best time to visit is after the heavy rains are gone, so that there is still plenty of gushing water, but relatively safe. The forests surrounding these waterfalls host several endangered species of birds, plants, insects, and animals; it is also the only place where the hornbill – the state bird, is found. These are one of the best places to visit in Kerala during monsoon.

Athirappally-Vazhachal

14. Silent Valley

Situated in Palakkad district, this wildlife sanctuary is a breathtaking destination for nature lovers and one of the hillstations in Kerala for honeymoon. Part of the Nilgiris, this National Park has a core zone spread over 237.5 square km, and is home to innumerable species of rare plants, endangered animals and migratory birds. This tropical moist evergreen forest is home to the lion-tailed macaque, langurs, Malabar giant squirrel, the Nilgir Tahr (a rare species of deer fund in the Nilgiris), and several big cat species including civets, ant-eaters, elephant, deer, bison, sloth bear and more. If you’re an animal lover, you should definitely include this in your list when booking Kerala tour packages from Hyderabad.

15. Kannur

This district in Malabar has plenty to offer visitors – there are numerous beaches, temples and a fort as well. But Malabar is the birthplace of kalaripayattu – the ancient martial art form of Kerala. There are numerous ‘kalaris’ in Kannur, where you can go to watch a live demo of the feats of kalari warriors with a stick, sword or dagger. Kannur is also famous for its ‘Theyyam’ performances: a traditional temple dance performed on special festival days. The performer wears a costume with elaborate makeup and exotic headgear, and performs a vigorous dance to the story narrated as a song. You should not miss out this opportunity – it’s a once in a lifetime experience that will live forever in your mind.

15 Top Places Not To Miss Out When Planning Kerala Tour Packages From Hyderabad

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